Last updated: 8 Mar, 2023
Published on: 11 Jun, 2021
700,000 reasons to celebrate
In 2004, PetRescue was an idea with a big hope; if this first-of-its-kind website could help save just one life, it would be an idea worth building.
Jump forward 17 years, we never could have dreamed that the number would become what it has today. Today, we celebrate the 700,000 pets that have been marked as adopted on PetRescue’s adoption platform.
And this is Lucifer from Central Queensland Animal Society Inc — the lucky 700,000th pet:
Lucifer was the 700,000th pet to be marked as adopted on PetRescue
There aren’t enough words, barks, or meows to express how thrilled we are to see this many humans choose pet adoption. When we read stories like that of Evan, Brendan and Maddie or Paige, Charlie and Pip, Julie and Betty, or Linda, Arjan and Stippy, we feel such joy to see these happy smiles and are humbled that we’ve played a part in their union.
We’re one of many who have played a role in achieving this momentous milestone. It’s been incredibly special to work alongside 950+ rescue organisations including rescue groups, pounds, shelters, and vets that joined the growing PetRescue community and use the platform to find homes for literally hundreds of thousands of pets.
And of course, none of this would be possible without you, our awesome supporters. Your support and donations have kept PetRescue’s successful adoption platform free and accessible to adopters and rescue organisations across Australia. It also enabled us to further life-saving initiatives like The Adoptables Program, Shy cats and Senior Citizens, or the Workplace Foster Care Program, helping the adoption of those pets who often find it difficult to find homes. Thanks to you, pets like Hildy, Susan, and Lily made their mark as one of the 700,000 lucky ones.
Your faith in PetRescue has given 700,000 lucky pets a chance to smile, snuggle with their humans, get spoiled by their families, and live their best lives in happy homes; the happiness that every pet deserves. So —thank you!
Here's how many furry, feathery, and scaly lives you helped change in the last 17 years 🥰 :
🐶 342,515 dogs
🐱 332,511 cats
🐹 10,294 guinea pigs
🐰 9,359 bunnies
🐭 1,638 mice/rats
🦜 844 birds
🦢 812 Fowl
🐴 501 horses
🐹 466 Ferrets
🐐 235 goats
🐔 267 chickens
🦆 178 ducks
🐷 108 pigs
🐓 96 Roosters
🐑 70 sheep
🐮 44 cows
🐢 30 Reptiles
🦃 17 Turkeys
🦙 6 Alpacas
🐠 5 Fish
🐚 4 Hermit crabs
Pets adopted by species as of June 14, 2021.
Over the years, pet lovers across Australia helped PetRescue spark real social change and bring pet adoption into the mainstream. And because of that, so many homeless pets continue to find homes on PetRescue’s free adoption platform.
What’s next for PetRescue?
🏡 Imagine a future where lost pets were safely returned to their owners instead of going to pounds.
🐈 Imagine a future where urban stray cats could happily coexist with humans in their outdoor community homes without being killed
🖥 Imagine a future where advancing technology could save the lives of pets
🦺 Imagine a future where pets in crisis could be safe
Reimagine the future of animal welfare with us 💚
We've already got the ball rolling on a host of initiatives that can help us achieve our goals for the future. These include:
Launching a pilot program to provide guided and fully supported owner-direct pet rehoming
Developing our pound reform initiatives and working with one progressive pound at a time
Developing new pet parenting resources and building on more information and resources to assist with calls for help that come through to our helpdesk
Launching an epic rescue sector report to get up-to-date data on issues facing the sector (results from our recent survey are being analysed right now!)
All this alongside our mainstay work providing the most awesome free pet adoption platform in the southern hemisphere! We won't stop until every pet is safe, respected and loved.
Are your tails wagging with excitement too?!
Image Credits: Hildy from Greyhound Rescue by Nicole Louise Creative & Lucifer from Central Queensland Animal Society Inc.